September 11th, 2008
08:20 PM ET
6 years ago

Live-blogging with The Best Political Team

Weigh in with CNN's analysts and contributors.
Weigh in with CNN's analysts and contributors.

(CNN) –On the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama each take the stage to discuss service and civic engagement in a forum at Columbia University.

What do you think of their ideas? How does the role of service determine what kind of nation we live in? What does national service mean to you?

Along with CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley, CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider, CNN Political Analyst Roland Martin, and Republican strategist Bay Buchanan, thousands of you weighed in.

Click "comments" below for a look at the entire conversation.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (4,056 Responses)
  1. Jennifer

    What can average citizens do to ensure that all candidates views are heard in detail? I am so disgusted that the press has been unable to openly and thoroughly question Sarah Palin. The American public deserve to know her views directly from her mouth. Please, to all journalists out there, please do all you can to make certain that all the candidates have their voices heard. We deserve so much more than this.

    September 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  2. Teddy

    Perhaps, the answers that are needed in fixing America are not short and are not lengthy. Perhaps it will take great strides and length to fix this country.

    September 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Warner

    Mccain has been in the congress for 30 plus years – all these years has he tried to make change. How can he do now when he could not do for all these years. it is baloney.

    He gave a speech on the convention saying fight with me. For what – to be stationed in Iraq? Comon. he cannot do anything. he will continue the bush-cheney leagcy.

    September 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  4. roberto

    the counties strength is built first in each of its communities and the young peaple of this country. so if he is a community organizer than he has the experence to help bring this country to a better future.

    September 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. FLARTIST

    After 8 years of grade school administration this is heaven!!!

    September 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  6. dan

    Sarah Palin so smart she thinks Putin is president of Russia

    September 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Shannon

    Lofty inspires me too....

    September 11, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  8. Hillary as Sec of State

    Maybe Obama might want to announce Hillary will be his Secretary of State to um – get the mojo back on his side as well as my vote – just a thought.
    (She should have won the nom to begin with in my opinion) I gave him another chance to get my vote with Hillary on as VP – he lost that. He has one more chance – then Im gone.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  9. Maria

    Americans are fortunate to have a presidential candidate of Senator Obama's fine intellect and character. I have yet to see anyone of his calibre on the European political scene. I hope you come to appreciate your great fortune.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  10. Rick in Minnesota

    Thats not the way legislation works...... I thought he was going to change things....?

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. Andy

    Bay-

    "...Obama is too lofty. He takes TOO long to get TO the point."

    And people still wonder how W. got elected...?

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  12. Denise

    Roland spare us the CHANGE message, all elections carry the message of change and the fact the Obama had it first means nothing absolutley nothing.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  13. Poetic Blue

    Obama is doing excellent :)

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  14. ron

    Candy, cut the analogies – its the news media that is raisng the fracas!

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  15. rose

    If this wee a fair forum Obama should not have been able to listen to McCain's answers.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  16. Yaa Stanley

    Why are they asking Obama to get so specific on plans and I didn't hardly hear any specifics from McCain...I still don't know what his plans are...

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. sjprugh

    Yes, Candy, exactly. Let's not start trying to keep score of this session just yet... we should leave something for the media to obsess over later on.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Angie-Savannah

    So Candy – was Saddleback was one of those forums? I've heard several pundits say that there was a winner.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  19. Christy

    Again Bill, I have to disagree with you. As a listener, I never hear that McCain is a strong proponent of unity. He is focused on one group and one group only. Where as Obama is attempting to close the gap.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  20. Greg

    Rand, have to disagree. McCain was vague and general...as we speak Obama is talking about the specifics of his national service plan.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  21. Joec87

    80% of people who join the military do it for the money or the benifits(like college).

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  22. DR

    Can we get off the "he heard the questions", or "he heard his answers".

    Just listen to what is being said!

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  23. American

    Okay, Bill, he said "our government", "Washington", "our economy". He stayed away from Bush.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  24. Bds

    I will achknowledge though that politicians use the tactic of divide and conquer to get elected, but it's our fault for allowing them to do so.

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  25. Donna

    So how is Barack Hussein Obama going to do all this? He never really says how. Are we going to inflate the tires and save gas that way, as he said before etc.?

    September 11, 2008 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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